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PHY 102 Course - Overview

Atoms to Galaxies

Concepts, history, and methodology of physical ideas such as motion, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, quanta, and relativity with interrelationships and applications. The theme or focus may vary by section.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Required courses: Not for cr maj/min. May not be taken under the CT/NC option. Lecture and lab.

  • Semesters offered: Fall and Spring

  • 3 Hours

Detailed Course Information

Prof. Clark -- Course Syllabus
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Prof. Christensen -- Course Syllabus
Prof. Harris -- Course Syllabus
Prof. Manna -- Course Syllabus
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Prof. Zich -- Course Website

PHY 105 - Course Overview

Fundamentals of Physics

Concepts and principles of mechanics, heat, wave motion, electricity, magnetism, and light. Applications to everyday life.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Required Courses: Not for cr if had PHY 108, 110 or equiv. Lecture and lab. Intended for students not maj or min in the physical sciences.

  • Semesters offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

  • 4 Hours

Detailed Course Information

Prof. Grobe -  Course Syllabus
Prof. Rosenblatt - Course Syllabus

PHY 107 - Course Overview

Frontiers in Physics

Introduction to computational and graphical techniques, technical communication skills, and contemporary topics in physics and related fields.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Required Courses: Designed for students entering the physics, computer physics, engineering physics, or physics teacher education majors. Materials charge optional.

  • Semester Offered: Fall

  • 1 Hours

Detailed Course Information

Prof. Harris - Course Syllabus

PHY 108 Course Overview

College Physics I

Basic principles of mechanics, wave motion, sound and heat, developed with algebra. Includes diverse scientific and technological applications.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Required Courses: 2 years of high school algebra or equiv. Not for cr if had PHY 110 or equiv. Lecture and lab. May not be taken under CT/NC option.

  • Semesters offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

  • 5 Hours

Detailed Course Information

Prof. Rosa - Course Website

PHY 109 - Course Overview

College Physics II

Electrostatics, electrical currents, magnetism, light and optical instruments, quantum, atomic, and nuclear physics, special relativity.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Required Courses: PHY 108 or 110 req. Not for cr if had PHY 111 or equiv. Lecture and lab. Continuation of 108.

  • Semesters offered: Fall and Spring

  • 5 Hours

Detailed Course Information

Prof. Marx -- Course Syllabus

PHY 110 - Course Overview

Physics for Science and Engineering I

Basic principles of mechanics, developed with calculus. Includes diverse scientific and technological applications.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Required Courses: MAT 145 or conc reg req. Lecture and lab. May not be taken under the CT/NC option. Not for credit if had PHY 108 or equiv. Materials charge optional.
  • Semesters offered: Fall and Spring
  • 4 Hours

Detailed Course Information

Prof. Rutherford - Course Syllabus

PHY 111 - Course Overview

Physics for Science and Engineering II

Electrostatics, electrical currents and circuits, magnetism, and optics.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Required Courses: PHY 110 and MAT 146 or conc reg req. Not for cr if had PHY 109 or equiv. Lecture and recitation. Lab (every other week). Continuation of PHY 110. Materials charge optional.
  • Semesters offered: Fall and Spring
  • 4 Hours

Detailed Course Information

Prof. Martin - Syllabus   Course web page

PHY 112 - Course Overview

Physics for Science and Engineering III

Mechanical, sound and electromagnetic waves, optics, relativity, quantum theory, atoms. Lectures, demonstrations, discussions, laboratory excercises, computer labs.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Required Courses: PHY 111; MAT 147 or conc reg req. Lecture and lab. Materials charge optional.
  • Semesters offered: Fall and Spring
  • 4 Hours

Detailed Course Information

Prof. Christensen -- Course Syllabus

PHY 117 - Course Overview

Numerical Reasoning in Nature and Technology

Logical, analytical, mathematical, and computational skills important to quantitative understanding of topics in nature and technology.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Required Courses: MAT 111, 120, 130, or 145.
  • May not be taken under CT/NC option.
  • Semesters offered: Fall and Spring
  • 3 Hours

Detailed Course Information

Prof. Su - Course Syllabus

PHY 205 - Course Overview

Origin of the Universe

Big Bang Theory; observational and theoretical basis for its developement; the early universe; and connection between the universe and subatomic particles.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Required Courses: MAT 113, 120, 130, or 145; and PHY 102, 105, 108, or 110.
  • Semesters offered: Fall and Spring
  • 3 Hours

Detailed Course Information

Dr. Ansher - Course Website

PHY 206 - Course Overview

Chaos and Complexity

Chaos and complexity science in historical/social context: strange attractors, fractals, and self-organization; diverse applications from weather forecasting to artificial life.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Required Courses: MAT 113, 120, 130, or 145.
  • Semesters offered: Fall and Spring
  • 3 Hours

Detailed Course Information

None available at present

PHY 207 - Course Overview

Energy and the Environment

Scientific, technological, political, and environmental aspects of energy production and use. Special emphasis on renewable energy sources and global climate change.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Required Courses: MAT 113, 120, 130, or 145.
  • Semesters offered: Fall, Spring, and online in Summer
  • 3 Hours

Detailed Course Information

Prof. Marx - course syllabus

PHY 208 - Course Overview

Astronomy and Space Science

Survey of the solar system, stars, nebulae and galaxies, with the emphasis on physical processes and methods of analysis.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Required Courses: MAT 113, 120, 130 or 145 and PHY102, 105, 108, or 110.
  • Semesters offered: Fall, Spring.
  • 3 Hours

Detailed Course Information

Prof. Ansher -  Course website
Prof. Zich -  Course website

PHY 209 - Course Information

Introduction to Teaching High School Physics

A weekly seminar in which students exchange information and share reflections derived from clinical observations made in area high schools.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Required Courses: 10 hrs. in PHY req. Physics Teacher Ed. only. Clin Exp 25 hrs, Type 1-6. Not for cr if had PHY 301.
  • Semester(s) offered: Fall
  • 1 Hour

Detailed Course Information

Prof. Wester - Course Website

PHY 211 - Course Information

Statics

Force systems; equilibrium of two- and three-dimensional systems; trusses, frames, friction, centroids; moments of inertia; hydrostatic pressure; and virtual work. Formerly PHY 152.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Required Courses: Prerequisites are PHY 110 and MAT 147.
  • Semester offered: Spring
  • 3 Hours

Detailed Course Information

Prof. Rutherford - Course Syllabus

PHY 217 - Course Information

Methods of Theoretical Physics

Mathematics applied to physics: multivariate calculus, vector and tensor analysis, curvilinear coordinates, complex numbers, differential equations, and numerical methods.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Required Courses: Prerequisites are PHY 111; MAT 147 or conc. reg. req.
  • Semester offered: Spring
  • 3 Hours

Detailed Course Information

Prof. Harris - Course Syllabus

PHY 220 - Course Overview

Mechanics I

Newton's laws applied to the study of motion of point masses subjected to viscous, frictional, elastic, central, harmonic, interparticle, and conservative forces.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Required Courses: PHY 112 and MAT 147 req.
  • Semester offered: Fall
  • 3 Hours

Detailed Course Information

PHY 240 - Course Overview

Electricity and Magnetism I

Electrostatic fields and potentials in vacuum, Gauss' law, electrostatics of dielectrics, magnetostatics, Biot-Savart, Ampere, and Faraday laws, magnetic induction, magnetic materials, and Maxwell's equations.

In particular, we will cover vector calculus, and static electric and magnetic fields in vacuum and in materials.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Required Courses: PHY 217 req.
  • Semester offered: Fall
  • 3 Hours

Detailed Course Information

PHY 270 - Course Overview

Experimental Physics

Experiments that demonstrate principles of physics. Emphasis on experimental techniques, laboratory practices, data analysis, and the quality of written reports.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Required Courses: PHY 112 and 220
  • Semester offered: Spring
  • 2 Hours

Detailed Course Information

PHY 284 - Course Overview

Quantum Mechanics I

Blackbody radiation, photoelectric effect, wave-particle duality, uncertainty principles, Schrodinger equation, probability amplitudes, one-dimensional potentials, and the hydrogen atom.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Required Courses: PHY 112 and MAT 175. PHY 217 or conc. reg.
  • Semester offered: Spring
  • 3 Hours

Detailed Course Information

PHY 287 - Course Overview

Independent Study

Intensive work in a special area of the student's interest. Each individual project is to culminate in a comprehensive written report or examination.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Consent of instructor
  • 1 to 3 hours per semester to a maximum of 6 hours

PHY 290 - Course Overview

Research in Physics

An introduction to the scientific discovery process through participation in a department research program.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Required Courses: 20 hrs Physics req. May be repeated; max 3 hrs. 3 hrs conference, lab or library research per week for each hr of cr.
  • Semesters offered: Fall and Spring
  • 1-3 Hours

Detailed Course Information

To sign up for this course, find a faculty mentor to work with on a research project. Please consult our research programs page and wcontact the professor in charge of the project you're interested in.

PHY 298 - Course Overview

Professional Practice in Physics

Practical experience through internship or co-op employment in government laboratories or private companies.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Prerequisites: Sophomore standing in PHY with 2.5 science GPA. May be repeated; max 16 hrs Prof. Pract. toward graduation; max 4 hrs may count toward major; consent of dept. Prof. Pract. advisor req.  CR/NC only.
  • Semesters offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer
  • 1-16 Hours

Detailed Course Information

Please contact the Physics Department for further information.

PHY 299 - Course Overview

Independent Honnor Study

Intensive work in a special area of the student's major or minor. Each individual project is to culminate in a comprehensive written report or examination. Maximum of 6 hours may be applied toward graduation.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Open only to students who have achieved superior academic records and who have demonstrated an ability to profit from independent study. Consent instructor, department chair or school director, and Director of Honors.
  • 6.0 Hours

PHY 302 - Course Information

Computer Applications in High School Physics

Applications of computers in the teaching of high school physics.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Required Courses: PHY 209 or conc. reg.
  • Semester offered: Fall
  • 1 Hour

Detailed Course Information

Prof. Rosenblatt - Course Syllabus

PHY 307 - Course Overview

Seminar in Physics

Introduction to physics literature searching and techniques of oral and written scientific communication, focusing on current topics in physics.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Required Courses: 112
  • Semester offered: Fall & Spring
  • 1 Hours

Detailed Course Information

Prof. Su -Course Syllabus

PHY 310 - Course Overview

Readings for Teaching High School Physics

Essential Background readings for teaching high school physics that center around developing scientific literacy in students. It provides teacher candidates with philosophical and pedagogical background in the teaching of physics, including the major results of science education research.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Required Courses:10 hrs in PHY req.
  • Semester offered: Spring
  • 3 Hours

Detailed Course Information

Prof. Rosenblatt -- Course Syllabus

PHY 311 - Course Overview

Teaching High School Physics

Strategies, curricula, and resources for teaching of high school physics. Application of knowledge of physics, adolescent psychology, and pegagogical theory to secondary teaching. Includes clinical experience: 10 hours, Type 1-6.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Required Courses:18 hrs in PHY; PHY 310: Grade of C or better in TCH 216 or conc. reg.
  • Semesters offered: Fall and Spring
  • 3 Hours

Detailed Course Information

Prof. Wester - Course Website

PHY 312 - Course Overview

Physics Teaching from the Historial Perspective

Overview of the development of classical scientific thought relating to physical phenomena with applications to pedagogy.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Required Courses:20 hrs in Physics. Admission to Professional Studies.
  • Semester offered: Spring
  • 3 Hours

Detailed Course Information

Prof. Wester - Course Website

PHY 318 - Course Overview

Methods of Computational Physics

Introduction to a wide variety of computational techniques and their application to problems in chemistry and physics. Also offered as CHE 318.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Required Courses: IT 165; CHE 140; PHY 109 or 111; CHE 360 or PHY 220 or conc. reg.; or consent of the instructor.
  • Semesters offered: Spring
  • 3 Hours

Detailed Course Information

Prof. Grobe - Course Syllabus

PHY 320 - Course Overview

Mechanics II

Coordinate transformations, nonlinear oscillations, Hamilton's principle, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics, rigid body motion.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Required Courses: PHY 220 and MAT 340
  • Semesters offered: Fall or Spring; not offered every year.
  • 3 Hours

Detailed Course Information

Prof. Martin - Syllabus   Course web page

PHY 325 - Course Overview

Thermal Physics

Thermodynamics, kinetic theory, and statistical mechanics with discussion of phase transitions and critical phenomena.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Required Courses: PHY 284
  • Semester offered: Fall
  • 3 Hours

Detailed Course Information

Prof. Bergfield - 

PHY 330 - Course Overview

Optical Physics

Optical systems, electromagnetic waves, interference and diffraction, quantum optics.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Required Courses: PHY 240 req.
  • Semester(s) offered: refer to course catalog
  • 3 Hours

Detailed Course Information

Prof. Su - Course Syllabus

PHY 340 - Course Overview

Electricity and Magnetim II

Electrostatic boundary value problems; Maxwell's equations; polarization, reflection, and transmission of electromagnetic waves, waveguides; electromagnetic radiation, fundamentals of antenna theory, relativistic electromagnetism.

  • Required Courses: PHY 240 and MAT 340.
  • Semester offered: Spring
  • 1-3 Hours

Detailed Course Information

Prof. Christensen - Course Syllabus

PHY 353 - Course Overview

Student Teaching Seminar

A seminar through which students exchange information, share reflections, and document observations and activities prior to and during student teaching. Clinical Experience: 15 hours, Type 1-6.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Required: Constent of the instructor.
  • Semester offered: Spring
  • 1 Hours

Detailed Course Information

PHY 355 - Course Overview

Solid State Physics

Electron Bands, Crystal structures, X-ray and electron diffraction, lattice vibrations and thermal properties, binding energy, conduction of electrons, dialectric and magnetic properties, defects, metals, semiconductors, superconductors, and insulators.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Required Courses: PHY 325 req.
  • Semester offered: Fall or Spring
  • 3 Hours

Detailed Course Information

PHY 370 - Course Overview

Advanced Experimental Phyics

Advanced projects in experimental physics. Emphasis on experiment design and execution, advanced experimental techniques, oral presentation, and written reports.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Required Courses: PHY 270 req.
  • Semester offered: Fall
  • 1 Hour

Detailed Course Information

Prof. Rutherford - Course Syllabus

PHY 375 - Course Overview

Electronics for Scientists

DC and AC circuit analysis with an introduction to the electrical properties of semiconductors; theoretical and experimental analysis of semiconductor diode, transistor, and operational amplifier circuits. Lecture and lab.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Required Courses: PHY 111 req.
  • Semester offered: Spring
  • 3 Hours

Detailed Course Information

Prof. Rutherford - Course Syllabus

PHY 380A03 - Course Overview

Nonlinear Science

The course will cover the basics of nonlinear science. We will begin with Newton's second law of motion, then progress through new tools and ideas for looking at chaotic systems with no dissipation, chaotic systems with dissipation, and end up applying some of these ideas and techniques of nonlinear science to begin to understand spontaneous self-organization and the behavior of complex systems.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Required Course: PHY 220
  • 3 Hours

Detailed Course Information

PHY 380A80 - Course Overview

Biophysics of Neurological Systems

This course is the result of a joint Physics-Biology effort, designed to provide an active learning environment in the area of biophysics of neuronal systems to advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students. It involves a balanced content of neurophysiology, mathematical modeling and hands-on experiments for a solid introduction to physics applied to neuroscience.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Consent of instructors
  • 3 Hours

Detailed Course Information

PHY 384 - Course Overview

Quantum Mechanics II

Operator formalism, Dirac bra and ket notation, angular momentum, perturbation theory, and applications to laser physics.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Required Course: PHY 284 and PAT 340
  • Semester offered: Spring
  • 3 Hours

Detailed Course Information

PHY 387 - Course Overview

Methods of Mathematical Physics

Finite- and Infinite-dimensional vector spaces, matrices and determinants, Fourier analysis, complex analysis, differential equations. Emphasis on physical applications.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Required Courses: PHY 284 and MAT 340 or concurrent reg. req.
  • 3 Hours

Detailed Course Information

Course Syllabus (currently unavailable)

PHY 388 - Course Overview

Advanced Computational Physics

Application of computational methods to contemporary topics in physics, including nonlinear classical and quantum dynamics or physical problems that involve many degrees of freedom.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Required Courses: PHY 220, 240, 284, and 318 or consent of instructor required.
  • Semester offered: Fall
  • 3 Hours

Detailed Course Information

PHY 390 - Course Overview

Computational Research in Physics

This course provides students in the computational physics sequence with a capstone experience during the Spring semester of their senior year. It is an independent research project course, where each student applies a particular computational technique to a problem in physics. A project may be a current research project of a faculty member or any other substantial computational project.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Required Courses: PHY 3
  • 1-2 Hours

Course Overview

Independent Study

A maximum of six hours may be applied toward a master's degree. Intensive study in a special area of the advanced student's interest under a qualified member of the faculty. Each individual investigation is to culminate in a comprehensive written report and/or examination. Open only to graduate students who have completed considerable work in a degree program, who are in good academic standing and who have demonstrated ability to profit from independent study.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Consent of instructor. A written proposal approved by the faculty member, the student's adviser, and the department chair is required prior to registration.
  • 4 hours

PHY 413 - Course Overview

Teaching High School Physics II

Employs goal setting, self-assessment, and instructional design as a way of improving the physics teachers inquiry practice.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Open only to certified, inservice high school teachers of physics and/or physical science with a minimum of two years teaching experience.
  • Clinical Experience Given
  • 3 hours

Detailed Course Information

Prof. Wester - Course Website

PHY 498 - Course Overview

Professional Practice

Supervised work experience within undergraduate Physics Teacher Education program. May be repeated during different semesters for a total of 3 semester hours.

Requirements and Offerings

  • Admission by permission only; intermediate-level physics background consisting of classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism or introductory quantum mechanics, or equivalent; must be enrolled in C&I master's program.
  • 1 hour

Detailed Course Information

Course Website